Lillian Chase, Ben Gould, Willie Watson and Sam Schmidt at sound check

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

So last night Willie Watson brought his group to our little world here at the Fur Peace Ranch and played a killer show at the Station. I played a short opening set. I;m the house band right now. Here is the set list I started out with… I’m not sure I actually followed it. I didn’t keep track. Anyway…

Jorma Kaukonen  9, 2022

Opening For

Willie Watson

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, July 16, 2022

  1. Whining Boy Blues
  2. Take Your Time
  3. How Long Blues
  4. Highway Song
  5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  6. Ode To Billy Dean
  7. Sleep Song
  8. Living In The Moment
  9. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
  10. Letter To The North Star
  11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Back to Willie. With San Schmidt, vocals, guitar and mandolin, Lillian Chase, vocals and fiddle, Ben Gould on bass it was just… well I can’t say enough about the tell these folks brought to us here in Meigs County. Good info here except Lillian on fiddle.

Jorma gets ready to open the stage door for Willie

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Talking about music is tough and sometimes pointless… sometimes you just have to experience it. I love this show. It really brought it all back home… where it should always be!

Willie, Ben, Sam, Lillian, Nessa and yours truly

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

This morning over breakfast at the Beatrice Love Kitchen here at the FPR, we had a bona fide hootenanny with my buddy John Hurlbut. Good food, good friends, good music… good times!

Oh, I almost forgot. Scott Siedts who did sound for them. Another kindred spirit!

Don’t miss these folks if they come your way!


  1. Comment made on July 20, 2022 by Ed

    @Ham Neggs
    Ham: In this dystopian world we’re living in, your sunny-side-up disposition always gives me a lift. Thank you.

  2. Comment made on July 19, 2022 by Thomas McCormack

    Good morning
    Love your blogs they’re good for the soul. Keep them coming!
    Can’t wait to get back there for a show and breakfast.
    And maybe a Sunday morning Hoot if I’m lucky!

  3. Comment made on July 18, 2022 by Ham Neggs

    But didn’t you get the inspiration for Water Song while napping on it one day?
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼 @Jorma

  4. Comment made on July 18, 2022 by BrendanC

    The light is strong when Will and Co. bring the old-timies. Got to experience him sing a ballad or two while with Gill & Dave. About as good as it gets and I might be able to catch one of those shows I see on WW site. Donna the Buffalo is playing a finger lakes festival with Willie et al. Reassuring to me as I imagine nice people taking that in, with kidgers during the day, I suppose.

  5. Comment made on July 17, 2022 by Eric Perkins

    Great show, first time visit and so glad my friend and I had this as our first stop on our trip from CT. It was great to meet John on the phone and then at the gate. We both enjoyed talking with Vanessa too. Willy Watson was not someone I knew but am a fan now.
    Thanks again, Eric

  6. Comment made on July 17, 2022 by Ed

    Thanks, Jorma. I had a feeling he was the prime suspect…

  7. Comment made on July 17, 2022 by Chappy

    Kevin – amen! That Edgar tribute album to his brother Johnny is outstanding for sure! And, since you mentioned Michael McDonald, he also sings on new solo album by Jeff “Skunk” Baxter…another incredible album!!!

  8. Comment made on July 17, 2022 by Kevin

    @eaglesteve If you haven’t yet picked up Edgars’ tribute album to Johnny, DO IT. It is more than fantastic. A true tribute to Johnny’s versatility and song writing ability. I always though “Stranger” could have been a mainstream hit and to hear Michael McDonald sing it just solidifies that feeling. Every cut is a grand slam.

  9. Comment made on July 17, 2022 by Ed

    Hi Jorma,
    Here’s a weird one.
    I was just reading an article about mattresses, and it mentioned the guy who made a water bed and first showed it at an art exhibition in or near San Francisco in 1968, which apparently made it take off.
    Article said that Hugh Hefner reportedly got one, Tommy Smothers, and a member of Jefferson Airplane.
    Does that ring a bell?

  10. Comment made on July 17, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Johnny Winter
    February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014
    RIP Bro

  11. Comment made on July 17, 2022 by Watson McCoy

    An outstanding dose of wonderfulness, sorely needed….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!

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